Add Another Candle

I am now 27-years-old. Another candle is being added to my cake and I could not be happier. So many people dread the aging process and are “forever 29,” but I relish what each new year brings to my life. Every year I am taking another step in the direction God is leading me to go.

It has become a tradition with my blog to post on my birthday about my life and what has changed over the course of one year. I began this tradition in 2014 when I turned 23 in “The Life of a Twenty-Something” and talked about myself growing up. Then in 2015 I discussed finding my faith again in “The Year I Grew Up” and how life had changed so drastically in one year. Then in 2016 I wrote letters to my younger selves giving advice on how I would do things differently. This year, however, I want to focus on my future…

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Back to Basics from a Once-Upon-A-Time Runner

It happens to many runners: you start running, you push your body faster, you go farther, you dream about PRs and distance goals, you watch your intake meticulously, and suddenly you see possibilities you never had the courage to dream before. Then BOOM! Something stops you in your tracks. Perhaps you get hurt. Or you get busy. Or you burn out. And as quickly as you gained mileage, fitness, and confidence, it all disappears.

This was the case for me two years ago. In Spring of 2013 I began running. I was at the heaviest weight I’d ever been and knew I needed to do something to fight the Freshmen Twenty (plus an additional two years of college eating). I had never run prior and knew nothing of the sport, but I jumped head-first anyways. Joining a local running group, I trained for my first 5k. Following an extremely successful first race, I moved forward and trained for my first half marathon and completed this race only five months after I began pounding the ground in my running shoes. Not only did I lose more than fifty pounds during my first year in the sport, but I also gained a confidence I’d never felt and milestones I never believed I could achieve. When asked my hobbies, running was always my first response and I identified myself as a runner first and foremost.

Two years ago I completed the RunDisney Glass Slipper Challenge — a 10k and half marathon back-to-back in Orlando. However, upon my return home I hung up my shiny new medals along with my running shoes. It is about time for me to wipe the dust from the shoes though and hit restart on my running regimen.

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Goals for 2018

How is it already 2018, friends?! This holiday season has been a whirlwind on my end, and I apologize for not staying up-to-date on my blogging — there has just been too much good happening that the Blogosphere was not on my mind! However, after spending so much time with family and friends over the past month, I am rejuvenated and rearing to go on all things Uncorking Peonies… I hope you’re ready for a lot of updates!

As always, though, with the new year also comes new goals, and I want to take a few minutes to state my 2018 Goals to help with accountability (and memory.) Unfortunately many of the goals I set for 2017 were not met to the extent I set them — I was a bit too enthusiastic in January 2017 — but I am very happy with how the year ended and what I was able to accomplish throughout the last year. Especially with so much change hitting me within one year!

For 2018, I am sticking to my tradition of not setting resolutions in this New Year, but rather setting goals. Even though this upcoming year is bringing quite a bit of change in itself, I want to continue to work to better myself every day I’m alive. So here are the goals I am setting for myself to accomplish within 2018:

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15 Goals in 2017

I am going to stick to my tradition of not setting resolutions in this New Year. I want to always work to better myself, and not confine myself to begin a change or modification upon the first of the year. However, just as in the past (16 Goals in 2016), I have set some goals I would like to accomplish in 2017:

Physical

  • Run ten 5k’s, one 10k, and one half marathon
  • Try one new sport or workout class each month
  • Track meals in food log at least 300 days

Mental/Emotional

  • Meditate/practice yoga at least twice a week
  • Publish at least three blog posts per month
  • Read at least one “for-fun” book each month

Social/Relational

  • Reach out to 3 “lost” friends every month
  • Read one “self-motivation” book per month
  • Try three new classes (cooking, trade, etc.) throughout year

Financial

  • Book a vacation to somewhere not yet explored
  • Pay off Ford Escape
  • Eat out no more than three times a week

Spiritual

  • Join a Small Group for more accountability
  • Attend an event focused solely on furthering my relationship with God
  • Write a “review” of House/church sermon once a month

The Life of a Twenty-Something

It seems the older I get the more I hear people complain about their birthdays and ages a lot. When someone wishes them a Happy Birthday the response is usually a grimace with a murmured thanks. In reality, though, we should all be thankful and blessed that another year has rolled around for us. Age means you’ve experienced yet another year of good and bad, and lived through them all. What a wonderful accomplishment!

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25 Things To Work On Before I’m 25

I recently found this list of 25 Things Every Woman Should Have By The Time She Turns 25 and found it pretty insightful. I still have two years to go before I turn 25, but I was curious how I’m faring in life, so I did some comparisons… Continue reading “25 Things To Work On Before I’m 25”

9 Goals for the Remainder of 2014

It is almost half way through 2014 and I feel as if I have gone through more experiences this year than I ever have in all my years combined. I have started my dream job, danced in the middle of the ocean, graduated college, met some absolutely amazing people, drank my first shot, had my heart broken, been promoted, found a love of Sauvignon Blanc, and gone on my first vacation without my parents. Yet the year has so much more potential! So here are nine more experiences I plan to achieve before the end of the year…

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